Rolls-Royce Phantom IV

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Rolls-Royce Phantom IV
ManufacturerRolls-Royce Ltd
Production1950–1956
18 produced
PredecessorPhantom III
SuccessorPhantom V
Engine(s)5.7 L I8
Wheelbase3.683 m (145 in)
Length5.77 m (227 in)
Width1.95 m (77 in)
ManualsService Manual

The Phantom IV is the most exclusive Rolls-Royce model ever built. Just 18 were made between 1949 and 1956, exclusively for royalty and heads of state. It is the only Rolls-Royce motor car to be fitted with a straight-8 engine.

The first Phantom IV was purchased in 1950 by HRH Princess Elizabeth, The Duchess of Edinburgh, on her marriage in 1947 to HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, herself later to become HM Queen Elizabeth II. The purchase reflected a shift from the traditional royal preference of King George VI for Daimler motor cars, with the Rolls-Royce preference to continue until the delivery of two customised Bentleys in 2002.

This first Phantom IV, which became an official state car upon The Queen's accession to the British throne in 1952 still remains in the Royal Mews to this day and is occasionally used to ferry Royal aides and friends to Royal Ascot. This was only the first of two Phantom IVs that HM The Queen ordered, in 1954, the addition of a similar model with a landaulette body (since retired) entered the Royal fleet.

Other owners included HRH The Princess Margaret, The Countess of Snowdon, the late sister of HM The Queen and the Spanish Head of State, General Francisco Franco, whose three customised Phantom IVs (two laundalettes and a cabriolet) are still in ceremonial service with HCM King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

List of chassis numbers, year of delivery, first owners and coachwork:

Movie appearances

This exclusive model is featured in the 1966 film Arabesque[2], specifically it is a Phantom IV #4AF10, (Hooper limousine) which belonged to HRH The Duke of Gloucester, father to the current HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

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